Day trips from Massachusetts include several quaint historical towns with structures and history dating back to the early 17th century when European settlers first arrived on the state’s eastern shore. From the seaside fishing and whaling towns north and south of Boston, to the picturesque beaches of Cape Cod, to the bustling cities of Boston and New York, there’s something for everyone to see and do. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Hours/availability may have changed.
Acushnet was founded in 1860, as separate from the greater Fairhaven area. It’s the site of the oldest ceremony and church building in the area, each dating back to the 1700’s. The 23-acre cemetery is the burial place of some of Massachusetts’ earliest settlers, including soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War. Other attractions in the area include the Long Plain Museum, which occupies an 1875 schoolhouse, and educates visitors on local history. The 1799 ruins of a water-powered cotton mill still stand along the Acushnet River.